So much for that early season slump.
Javier Baez is riding an 11-game hitting streak and was rewarded for it Monday, when he was named the Pacific Coast League's Player of the Week. In seven games Baez hit .400 (12-for-30) with six doubles, three home runs and eight runs batted in for the Iowa Cubs, including a grand slam Sunday afternoon to cap off his impressive week.
During his hitting streak -- the second longest of his young minor-league career -- Baez has raised his batting average from .142 to .225, seemingly putting his early-season slump behind him. He followed up his Player of the Week award by going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and 3 RBIs on Monday afternoon.
After missing eight games in April with a sprained left ankle, the 21-year-old Baez still leads the team with seven home runs and 25 RBIs in 39 games. He becomes the first Cub to win the award since Welington Castillo did so in June 2011. Three Cubs pitchers have earned Pitcher of the Week awards: Tsuyoshi Wada, Chris Rusin and Kyle Hendricks.
Earlier this month Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said it was on Baez to turn things around
“He’s in a big slump,” Hoyer said in St. Louis. “He’s going to have to figure his way out of it. He’ll be stronger for having to go through this.”
And if you think Baez is heating up now, wait until Manny Ramirez works with him.